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Bridging Generations to Help Seniors

One Change at a Time is looking for volunteers for its “Bridging Generations” program, which aims to promote intergenerational relationships by bringing together the elderly and youth through therapeutic recreation, education, and social activities. “Bridging Generations” takes place at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and community centers and helps to improve the health and social wellness of seniors, while developing skills, establishing values, and providing a sense of empowerment. These interactions help all generations by providing mentorship opportunities, stimulating the mind through educational activities, and improving health by being actively involved.

New Rochelle, NY

4/12/20 2:30 PM + more

Sponsor a Family

Help an American family living in profound poverty by donating a monthly box of groceries! Family-to-Family is a hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to providing food, personal hygiene products, and other basic life essentials to American families struggling with the challenges of poverty. By connecting donors one-to-one with specific families in need, Family-to-Family’s mission is to bring a large and seemingly intractable problem—poverty—into personal focus, making proactive, attainable results possible, one family at a time. Family-to-Family currently helps approximately 430 families in 27 U.S. communities. Families in need of sponsorship are identified by local outreach partners who have specific knowledge of the needs of families in their communities. Sponsor a family and ensure that they get the food they need the last week of every month when food stamps often run out. After signing up, Family-to-Family will send details about the family that needs help. Find more information and sign up to sponsor a family here.



Volunteer Food Drives

Hudson Valley Community Services' food pantry program is seeking donations of nonperishable foods, toiletries, and household cleansers. Interested volunteers can organize a food collection drive at their school, club, religious organization, or place of business. HVCS can assist with picking up the goods and bringing them to the Hawthorne food pantry. In the past, student groups have even organized canned food drives at supermarkets!

Hawthorne, NY


Organize Your Own Drive

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial, and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families. As a part of this effort, Friends of Karen recruits local volunteers who can help organize material drives in their communities. Volunteers can participate in the following activities: Coloring Book Drive: Collect new coloring books and crayons for kids in the hospital. Birthday Program: Collect items for the birthday toy pantry. (Ask for gift wishlist.) School Supplies Project: Collect school supplies and backpacks all year round. Pantry Drive: Collect paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer wipes, and baby wipes. Coin Harvest: Organize and run a loose change collection to benefit Friends of Karen or recycle cans and bottles and donate the change to Friends of Karen. Gift Certificate Drive: Collect $5 gift certificates to iTunes, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks. Tag Sale: Turn your junk into treasure and organize a tag sale to benefit Friends of Karen. The organization will start you off with a box of tag sale “stuff.” #donateschool #remotevolunteer

North Salem, NY


Collect Gifts for Children

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial, and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families. As a part of this effort, Friends of Karen is recruiting local volunteers who can help organize material drives in their communities. Volunteers can help in the following ways: Easter & Passover Project: Collect gift cards to local grocery stores so families may have a special holiday meal. Birthday Program: Collect items for the birthday toy pantry. Thanksgiving Baskets: Put together a basket of Thanksgiving food and a $20 gift certificate at for the turkey. Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program: Fulfill the holiday wishlists of Karen children and families, as well as donate batteries (AA and AAA), gift wrap, bows, tape, and holiday candy. Email the volunteer coordinator for wishlists and details. Gift cards for the following grocery stores are welcome: A&P, Food Emporium, Stop & Shop, or ShopRite. #remotevolunteer

North Salem, NY


Make a Celebration Box for Seniors or Veterans

We are so excited to celebrate our 70th anniversary at Volunteer New York!. It's been 70 years since we answered our very first phone call to connect a volunteer with a nonprofit organization. (Learn more about our anniversary here.) What better way to help the only nonprofit in Westchester that connects volunteers to opportunities celebrate its anniversary (birthday) than by volunteering? How it works: Pick a group to support (children, veterans, or seniors) Wrap a cereal box in birthday/colorful wrapping paper Fill it with a few small items, activities, and a handmade birthday card Deliver to Volunteer New York! Volunteer New York! will distribute them to our partner organizations that work with low-income children, veterans, and seniors. Express interest below to receive the directions and labels to include on the box.

Sleepy Hollow, NY


Youth "Dog Tails" Volunteers (Read to Dogs!)

Bring your favorite book to Adopt-A-Dog and read to furry friends!

Armonk, NY


Entertainers For Kids in Need

Every child deserves to have a birthday party! We Celebrate You (We C U) is a nonprofit organization that arranges monthly birthday parties for children living in a Mount Vernon homeless shelter. Every party will have entertainment, pizza, cake, party favors, and a book for each child who attends. Any child who has a birthday during that month will also receive a birthday present. Volunteers with special talents, such as making balloon animals, face-painting, playing music, or acting as clowns or kid-friendly characters, are needed to help entertain kids for an hour. Parties occur one Saturday per month and run from 12-1:30 p.m. The fun activity will take place in the first hour, followed by pizza and cake.

Mount Vernon, NY


Write Letters and Cards to Seniors

During the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable populations—including seniors and those with compromised immune systems—are especially at risk. Many people are staying at home and practicing social distancing to limit the spread. Volunteers can help prevent loneliness and isolation by writing letters and making cards and mailing them to a local nursing home. This is a project for all ages and is the perfect activity for volunteers who are confined to their homes. IMPORTANT: Once the letters and cards are complete, place them in an envelope and seal it with water—do not lick the envelope—and wait 48 hours before mailing to help minimize the possible spread of germs. Please refrain from discussing politics and religion.

Sleepy Hollow, NY


Toiletries Drive for New Rochelle

Help HOPE Community Services provide personal care and hygiene items to community members in need as they fight the COVID-19 outbreak in New Rochelle. Volunteers are needed to collect new, unopened, travel-sized toiletries and personal care products in Ziploc bags for drop-off. Items needed include: Toothpaste Toothbrushes Soap Shampoo Hand sanitizer Hand wipes Toilet paper Express interest below to schedule a day and time to drop off collected items. IMPORTANT: If you think you may be sick or are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not sign up for this opportunity. (Feel better!)

New Rochelle, NY


Make Artwork for Hospice Patients

Need some creative activities for kids to do at home? Do you have a child that loves to draw? Consider helping Hospice of Westchester brighten the day of a patient! Hospice of Westchester is collecting artwork from children of all ages throughout Westchester County and building "Thinking of You" packages to bring to Hospice of Westchester patients during this difficult time. If you and your child or grandchild are interested in sharing the joy of their artwork with a hospice patient, let the inspiration flow! Be sure to include the child’s first name and age on the front of the piece. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Send or drop off completed artwork to: Hospice of Westchester ATTN: Joan Jacobus 1025 Westchester Avenue, 2nd Floor White Plains, NY 10604

White Plains, NY


Create Inspirational Video Messages For Seniors

One Change at a Time's popular "Bridging Generations" program focuses on connecting younger and older generations. This program typically takes place in long-term care facilities, such as the Dumont Center in New Rochelle. With these facilities being closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, One Change at a Time is looking for new ways to conduct this program so local seniors can stay connected and inspired! Inspired by the American Health Care Association's #CareNotCOVID campaign, youth and adults who are at home can create encouraging and inspirational videos in support of residents in long-term care facilities and seniors in the community. Volunteers can use the tags #CareNotCOVID and #1Change when they post their videos online and on social media. Help make a difference in a local senior's day by recording a fun, inspirational video message to let them know you're thinking of them. This is a great virtual project for families and students who are at home. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Follow the instructions on the #CareNotCOVID page for tips on recording and sharing your video. Remember to tag #CareNotCOVID and #1Change on social media!

New Rochelle, NY


Knit or Crochet Baby Blankets and Hats

Volunteers who love to knit or crochet are needed to help make baby blankets and hats for the New York Milk Bank. These cozy items will be included in gift baskets that are delivered to new moms. Blankets should be just large enough for a stroller or car seat (about 30 x 30 inches or 36 x 36 inches). All colors are accepted, but gender-neutral is always appreciated. Matching hats should be sized for newborns to one-year-olds. The New York Milk Bank is the first comprehensive nonprofit milk bank based in New York State. It collects milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes it, and distributes it to infants in New York State and the surrounding area.


Students to Make Phone Calls to Isolated Seniors

Volunteer New York! matches student volunteers with seniors on a one-to-one basis, bringing compassionate conversation and care into their lives and giving volunteers an opportunity to listen and learn. Volunteers and their matches will share a phone call once a week for 20 minutes. Volunteer New York! will provide guidelines and conversation questions for the volunteers.